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Dial Center cards Question

Started by RoatryPhoneLover_2000, August 10, 2022, 10:18:05 PM

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Recently I purchased a WE D1 it had a black and white acetate dial card. I always wanted one of those "WE arrow 'put your finger in the hole'" dial cards but could not find one in the archives. When I did find one (I don't remember where I found it) but the image was a little fuzzy and grey scaled.
I was able to "open image in new web browser" where I could adjust the contrast, coloring and sharpen up the image.
I then use just about the same procedure as SUnset2 except:
I use MS office Publisher and I pick one of the Avery Business Cards template for one that I may have around (hint: look in thrift stores for Avery products) You create one image and the laser will print 10 business card stock images.
Hole punch (thanks for that tip, a real time saver over scissors. I punch my clear acetate also) and done.

I either one of my two laptops Win11 with MS Office 2007 or WIN7 with MS Office 2010 (don't ask). Hp laserjet 200 mfp m276
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-Dave S.


Quote from: SUnset2 on August 12, 2022, 01:15:48 AMI'll just toss out how I make substitute number cards.

First I either find a scan or make a scan of the style of card I want to replicate, based usually on the make of phone and period that I want to represent.  I then use Photoshop Elements to create a layer with the new exchange name that I want to use.  Copperplate is the font that looks like what Western Electric used for their cards.  Other companies used different fonts.  I adjust the font sizes to match the example card.  I blank out the original exchange name and combine the layers.  I then duplicate it to make several copies on the same page. 

I print it onto card stock with a laser printer.  If I want it to look old and yellowed, I print it onto ivory colored card stock.  I also sometimes use a light gray card stock to resemble what WE used in the 1960s.

I then use an old telephone company surplus numbering stamp to print the numerals.  I have a couple different styles, metal and rubber, depending on the look I want.  It is good to have extra blanks to stamp on, as I often get the stamp misaligned.

For Western Electric, I have a Fiskars circle punch that I punch them out with.  For Automatic Electric, Kellogg, GPO, etc, (which are larger) I cut them out by hand with scissors. 

I have just started playing with this. I use almost the same process except I use the software to put the phone number on too. I don"t have the hole punch but I have a Cricut that I used to cut them out. I have only done 9 so far.
I have a 1952 500 c/d with a metal finger wheel, I think I will use a 1950s style card and put my childhood phone number on it. POplar1-1106 Once I finish cleaning it up.
Jeff Lee